Photos by Lincoln Jubb
Wetsuits are hands down one of the hardest garments a photographer could hope to shoot.
In general, they’re all a similar shade (any colour so long as it’s…) and you really can’t shoot them being used in the manner for which they were intended, because for the most part rubbered-up surf shots obscure any of the suit’s defining features. Luckily for us however, this season’s offerings feature some subtle colour interwoven with the ever-reliable black. With that in mind our crack team—consisting of three willing MC staffers (one shooting, one modelling, one holding scuba lights)—set out in search of a suitable backdrop to highlight our picks of this winter’s finest rubber. So without further ado, we give you ‘Blue’s Not the Warmest Colour’. So called because when you’re bobbing in an ocean pool in the middle of winter post-sunset, despite its inviting shade, there’s nothing warm about blue.
The wetsuit game’s blown wide-open in recent years, but that’s not to say that the old dogs can’t still make a damn fine suit. Quik’s wetsuit game’s as good as ever, and the new zipperless number is no exception. Suede soft and warmer than you’d imagine such a tech suit to be; the limestone shade and throwback logos, a much-appreciated touch. The perfect way to slot into a crowded lineup, whilst standing out in the most subtle of manners.
Stand out, fit it, right here.
Adelio Connor 3/2
Adelio’s a new(ish) wetsuit company from the East Coast of Australia who operate without the bull. They’re not into super/hyper/loopdy-looper stretch—although the suits are made with the finest rubber avaliable—instead, they deliver suits that’re warm, comfortable, and free of unnecessary bells and whistles. Oh, and their flagship’s a rad little store/coffee spot called Lucky Surf & Supply in the up ‘n’ coming refuge for those who’re sick of the rat race, Long Jetty. If you’re passing through and you’re after a brew, maybe even a steamer, then look ’em up.
Slide into the Connor, right here.
Nche 32 Chestnut Fullsuit
Nche’s the youngest brand on the list, but that doesn’t mean that their shortened r&d time has led to an inferior product by any means. Nche’s keen eye for aesthetics is complimented by the quality of their suits. The lining of this thing’s composed of a charcoal/bamboo composite; the end result being a suit that’s warm, cashmere soft, and supple enough to get you where you need to go.
Tone up with the 32, right here.
Patagonia R1 Yulex FZ Fullsuit
Patagonia’s long been the torch holder for attempting to make the wetsuit as eco-friendly as possible, without compromising performance. The ironic thing about surfing (at one with the ocean man, mother earth, all that) is that the things that you need to do it—surfboards in particular, and to a lesser extent wetsuits—are super bad for the environment. And that’s not something that sits well with the Patagonia ethos at all. The suit pictured is 100% neoprene free, with 85% Yulex natural rubber being used instead. The idea with using natural rubber is that it’s plant-based rather than petroleum-based, and therefore much better for the environment. Saving the whales aside, it’s also warm as you like and more than competitive when it comes to flex and mobility.